Art, particularly in the form of sculptures, is becoming much more prevalent in vineyards as this blog post from Artexpressions highlights. Although it’s mostly the larger wineries that do this, a recent wine tasting visit to our local but tiny Bothy Vineyard in Oxfordshire showed what smaller vineyards can also achieve. In fact Bothy are holding a week long exhibition of 300 sculptures from 50 artists in September. Overall I think it’s a wonderful concept as most artwork I have seen in wineries connects with and reflects the landscape most positively.
Sonoma and Napa valleys have been rapidly turning into rolling fields of grapes all around, giving visitors a multiple perspective on this wine-lover’s paradise. As well as reflecting the combination of soil, climate and topography-the terroir, many of the numerous wineries dotting the two valleys- of which Napa’s is wider- have become visual art collectors, exhibitors and even connoisseurs. In addition many concerts and performative arts take place in numerous wineries especially during summer season particularly in the evenings. In a serious attempt on many of the winemakers to introduce wine together with beautiful things, some museum-worthy collections are found in a sort of faux- Tuscan-villas “to capture the joie de vivre of winemaking.”
Some wineries offer an outdoor site-specific sculptures and installations as a sort of open-air contemporary art exhibit amidst of organically grown vineyards; thus luring guests, who usually come for a wine tasting and/or purchase, into a…
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